by Thom Van Vleck
The USAWA Nationals for this year will have a unique award for the participants. The Jackson Weightlifting Club (JWC) had long been defined by Grandpa Jackson’s Anvil. For the last few years I have used these real anvils for awards. Each award will come with a CUSTOMIZED plaque engraved by a Jim Spalding (Jim’s Gems) who is a local jeweler and also happens to be a 6 time Masters World Champion in Highland Games. When the results are tabulated, we will write down you address and send you an engraved plate that will fit on the award with your placing and name. How many personalized awards do you have in you trophy case? I bet not many! There will also be an 11lb Anvil for the overall best lifter. Again, it’s a REAL anvil.
The “Original” JWC anvil will be present as well and used in the strongman show at the awards banquet. We will take it outside and give anyone who wants a crack at lifting the anvil like Grandpa Jackson used to from the ground to overhead. It is a 150lb Anvil and it’s very “doable”! The real challenge is to lift it by the horn with one hand, pinch grip it by top or lift it by the neck.
I will also have a 300lb anvil present….This is the MONSTER that so far has defied all who have tried to lift it overhead. I want to see someone put that thing overhead! But at the least, We will have the Whiskey Barrel there and the challenge is to lift the anvil onto the whiskey barrel. Come on out, the USAWA Nationals will be more than just lifting weights…..we will try and make some history!